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Some Olympic Photographers Are Leering Pretty Hard at Beach Volleyball Players

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Notice anything odd about this picture of an "unknown" beach volleyball player at the Olympics, other than the fact that it literally leers at its subject's midsection? For all the objectification of Ryan Lochte that's gone on recently, all pictures of him include, you know, his face rather than his junk. Ditto for similarly scantily-garbed male Olympians. Female beach volleyball players, however, are some of the only Olympic athletes in the Getty Images Olympics archives whose bottom-halves take up entire frames.

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Metro's Nate Jones thought this was so conspicuous/gratuitous/lecherous that he decided to crop some images of male athletes in such a way that their strained faces wouldn't interfere with our appraisal of their torsos, crotches, and upper thighs. That gallery is definitely worth a perusal, if only to rebalance all the ogling some of the beach volleyball photographers have been doing this summer.

What if every Olympic sport was photographed like beach volleyball? [Metro]

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rillamyrilla
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I have actually found it fascinating to see how many of the beach volleyball players are taking advantage of the full bodysuits added for the religious players. I think some of the reasoning might be that there are a lot of night games (so cooler?), and they likely offer more protection from sand scraping their skin when they dive after the ball. However, I do wonder if cutting off some of the leering is also a motivation.